It began with an unsolicited and unexpected telephone call from a Sawyer native by the name of Albert Shirley who is employed as a Construction Manager for Flint Energy Services Ltd., â€śa leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the worldâ€ť. Mr. Shirley contacted Little Dixie Community Action Agencyâ€™s (LDCAA) Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program director, Mrs. Karla Luginbill.
By now we have all heard and been touched by the story of the heavily armed man that walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday and opened fire.
Within minutes, 26 innocent people were dead at the school, 20 of them children ages 6 and 7.
The shooter, identified by three law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also was killed, apparently by his own hand. Separately, his mother's body was found at a Newtown residence.
1. Most of Santaâ€™s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santaâ€™s sleigh are likely not male, but female.
2. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolphâ€™s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
3. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
4. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
You will need: 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box devil's food cake mix (Betty Crocker Super Moist suggested), 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, and confectioners' sugar or granulated sugar, for rolling.
An old tradition has been resurrected and has made it's first appearance in over 20 years for this holiday season.
The tree is located at the end of south High Street in front of the court house and will be decorated with ornaments that were made by area elementary school children.
The tree lighting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Last Tuesday night as the crowd filled the Antlers High School gymnasium the Lady Cats took the home court for the first time of the season. The Lady Cats came prepared to play and at the end of the first quarter the score was Antlers with a small lead at 16 points-Boswell 12, the Lady Scorpions were not going to quit and by the half had closed the lead to 1, as it was 27-26.
On December 6th, 7th and 8th, the Bearcats traveled to Talihina to participate in the Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament.
The first round of play we were set to play Central, who would prove to be a team to beat as they would go on to play Rattan in the Championship round. Central won against the Bearcats with a final score of 58-59.
In the Second Round of play they were matched with the Wister Wildcats and with a 63-55 victory for the Bearcats, they advanced into the 3rd Round of play for Consolation.
Oklahoma prison officials report that the convicted killer who escaped from the Mack Alford Correctional Facility in Stringtown was recently recaptured in Hugo.
Jason Bales, 29 year-old inmate, was reported missing after a routine head count at the medium security prison on Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012. He was recaptured on Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2012, at around 10:30 a.m.
Pushmataha Countyâ€™s new sheriff has taken office early. After Jim Duncan opted for early retirement, Terry Duncan was sworn in and is now Pushmataha Countyâ€™s acting sheriff.
Jim Duncan was first elected as Pushmataha Countyâ€™s Sheriff back in 2004. Jim Duncan is married to Rita Duncan. Rita was elected as Sheriff of Pushmataha County and made history in 1996 for being named the first Oklahoma woman to be elected sheriff.
Jim was thrown a surprise retirement party before leaving office with many in attendance. Everyone has wished him the best and hopes he enjoys his retirement.
Lee Roy Ward was born April 22, 1915 in Kosoma, to Eastman and Sibble (Frazier) Ward. He passed from this life November 30, 2012 in Antlers, at the age of 97. Lee Roy married his beloved, Alice Ann Betsey, in Paris, TX. He worked for Muskogee Bridge Co. for many years. Lee Roy enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, fishing, hunting, playing pranks on others , which made him the greatest jokester. After work he liked to work on his trucks. Most of all Lee Roy enjoyed spending time with his family.